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Hearts touched in Gainesville by tragedy in Charleston

The Newtown Florist Club extends our prayers and deepest expressions of care and concern to the Emanuel AME Church family and to the family of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, his family and the families of those who died.

June 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Police deserve our respect, not scorn

Charles Sherwood is 150 percent correct! The police do a great job with dignity and professionalism. Someone should ask Joan King if she would look forward to going to a job where a crazy terrorist wanted to behead her just because of the color of the uniform she wore? Or where her life was on the line every second of every shift for relatively little pay? Or if there were no police and she had to fend for herself?

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Letters to the editor


Your views: Surviving the storm of life

I find it so refreshing to be able to talk about the events in our lives to people we can trust that have no agenda to harm us.

June 13, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your views: Times series shows we must work together

On behalf of the poultry industry here and across this great state, I want to thank and praise The Times for its special report last week and excellent examination of water quality issues in our community. The stories, authored by reporters Jeff Gill, Shannon Casas and Joshua Silavent, were well researched and written. They provided a comprehensive full picture understanding of the potential sources of pollutants in our drinking water from Lake Lanier and its feeder streams.

June 13, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Roosevelt Square doesn’t need fixing

The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice - nothing needs to be done.

June 11, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Instead of politicizing Jesus, why not just follow his way of living?

Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn't helped much.

June 10, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Corporations benefit us all by operating modern life

A few weeks back an environmentalist took exceptions to corporations. I wonder if these people know how vital corporations are in the U.S.A.

June 10, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Police merely doing their job to keep us safe

In reference to Joan King's column of June 6: Dear Ms. King, I think I've figured you out! On one hand, life comprises hard cold facts. One the other hand, life is all emotional and emotion-laden judgement. Your columns are about judgments, based almost entirely upon emotion.

June 08, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Suggestion to parents: Prepare kids for job market

I wanted to shed some light on something very tragic that needs to be addressed, not just by the institutions, but by the parents of students as well. I recently began helping a friend find a job here locally.

June 06, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Suggestion to parents: Prepare kids for job market

I wanted to shed some light on something very tragic that needs to be addressed, not just by the institutions, but by the parents of students as well. I recently began helping a friend find a job here locally.

June 06, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


US should return to lifestyle, values that made it great

Mid 1950s, I remember them well. We worked and played hard, and then sat down to dinner as a family. Every night at bedtime, we would have our family devotion with prayer.

June 05, 2015 | Times staff reports | Letters to the editor


Times sheds a light on key issue with series on water quality

This week's series of articles on regional water issues by Shannon Casas and Jeff Gill is one of the finest series to grace The Times' pages. I have had the pleasure of working with these two a little as they prepared the series, and I noticed that they have a couple of things in common: They are interested in facts, and they avoid sensationalizing their stories. Kudos to them and to The Times for a fine job.

June 05, 2015 | Times staff reports | Letters to the editor


Students need bigger and better meals than federal bureaucrats allow

There are many problems in America that deeply concern me. That problem is school meals. The government, through the Food and Drug Administration, has ignorantly suggested processed foods be served in school meals. Are they not aware that processed foods are not healthy? Do they even care?

June 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many thanks to good Samaritans who offered aid in parking lot

To all the good Samaritans who came to my husband's aid when he fell in the hospital parking lot, we want to thank you. He is doing remarkably well.

June 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


EPA’s revised water rules a welcome move

As referenced in Jeff Gill's article last Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a new rule clarifying which streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands are protected. This new rule clarifies that seasonal bodies of water, those being mostly streams and wetlands, are protected under the Clean Water Act.

June 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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School boards need citizens’ review for SPLOST projects aimed at education

Hall County voters will once again go to the polls this year to renew another 1-cent sales tax. Gainesville, Buford and Hall County schools are ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Media is right to focus more on facts than left or right leanings

Rebuttal to Bruce Vandiver's Aug. 21 letter: Vandiver seems to think that both liberal and conservative outlooks should be "balanced" in a news media ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many ignore facts in favor of good intentions

To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz's essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom ...

August 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Tax dollars should not support group many of us resist

I appreciate The Times' willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I'm glad his voice is heard.

August 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Public may be ignorant of facts; many in power opt to hide them

In a recent letter to The Times, a Lula city councilman made the following statement: "We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


GOP candidates provide a lot of entertainment, few good ideas

So Hillary's campaign is entertaining to Eddy McEntire? Have you taken a few minutes to watch the Republican clown car? Seventeen individuals, each with ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Columnist’s take on ‘liberal media’ is right-wing slop

I have a few thoughts regarding Ron Martz's recent column: "Essay: Does traditional media lean left?" This is nothing but a Xerox copy of ...

August 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Here’s a unique solution to reconcile abortion, capital punishment

A society that will not use its moral and legal authority to cull evil from its population is doomed to anarchy. It is not enough ...

August 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Ethics, truth should matter in a president

Watching the political theater that is the Hillary Clinton campaign has been entertaining as both a comedy and as an epic horror. Comic in that ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Government should come together to serve the people

Have vanity, ideology and shortsightedness prevented us as elected officials from accomplishing the purpose that we were elected to do? Today as we watch television ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Gainesville's curb cuts area big help to wheelchair users

A huge thank you to the city of Gainesville for the curb cuts they have worked on for the last couple of weeks. The flow ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Church forum did not refute holy scripture

I write as one who serves a congregation in the Presbyterian Church USA to object to your bold and misleading heading for Dr. Tom Smiley ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Clergy opened their ears, hearts to cope with ever-changing world

In response to Dr. Tom Smiley's letter on the "Christianity beyond the catch phrases" forum held last week, having attended the forum and listened ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Congress must act quickly to fix disability insurance loss

A threat of far more immediate and severe consequences looms for many older and disabled Americans if Congress does not act.

August 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Gainesville’s residents can impose their will as active voters

This letter is in response to the article, "Pushback on change" found in the July 8 issue of The Times.

August 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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